If you’re turning 75 and you had the opportunity to celebrate in style, wouldn’t you? That’s exactly what Diana Ross is going to do at this year’s Grammy Awards (the 61st), where, as announced by The Recording Academy, she will be offering up a very special performance that they’re promising is going to be truly unforgettable.
In a statement, they offer, “The Recording Academy will honor the icon and celebrate the rich history of her greatest musical accomplishments. One of the most influential artists and greatest entertainers of all time, Ms. Ross has without a doubt made a profound impact in the world of music. Considered a trailblazer in entertainment, she was the leader of the most successful female group of all time and launched a timeless global solo career resulting in milestone chart successes and accolades, film soundtracks and live concert box office records around the world. Her magical journey, to date, includes charting an astounding 42 No. 1 songs, 91 singles and 59 albums, and she has amassed more than 100 million sales and streams with her historic recordings. In 2012, Ms. Ross was recognized by the Recording Academy as the recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Born March 26, 1944, Diana was raised in Detroit and first rose to fame as the lead singer of the Supremes, offering up songs like “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” “Come See About Me,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “Love Child” and “Someday We’ll Be Together.” In 1970, she left the band and started a solo career that has continued to this day, recording 24 albums, five soundtracks and five live albums. She’s also starred in the films Lady Sings the Blues (1972), Mahogany (1975), The Wiz (1978), Out of Darkness (1994) and Double Platinum (1999); and was featured on numerous television specials.
Alicia Keys is hosting the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, which will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in LA on February 10 at 8 p.m. EST.